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Thursday is application deadline for McKee's House seat

February 18, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Washington County's Republican Central Committee said Sunday that it will accept applications for a vacant House of Delegates seat if they are postmarked by Thursday.

The central committee will try to recommend someone to fill the Subdistrict 2A seat, which Del. Robert A. McKee is vacating.

In the wake of a police investigation into possible child pornography at his Halfway home, McKee, a Republican, announced in a faxed letter on Friday that he was resigning effective Monday at 8 p.m.

In Maryland, it's up to the central committee in the home county of the delegate or senator vacating the seat to recommend a replacement.

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Each applicant for McKee's seat must be a registered Republican who is at least 21 years old, must have lived in Maryland for at least the last year and must have lived in Subdistrict 2A for at least the last six months.

Subdistrict 2A runs west from Cascade and Smithsburg, along the northern part of Washington County, wrapping around Hagerstown as it goes south to Williamsport.

The central committee has asked that applicants send a letter of interest and a résumé to: Washington County Republican Central Committee, P.O. 2875, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

The central committee has up to 30 days to make a recommendation to the governor, according to the state constitution.

The governor then has up to 15 days to appoint someone to fill the vacancy.

The central committee doesn't know if it will take the full 30 days, Chairwoman Penny Pittman said Sunday.

She would not comment when asked if anyone had already expressed interest in the vacancy.

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